Germany`s Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats have concluded coalition talks, according to the parties. This means that the country is likely to have a new government well before Christmas. The coalition agreement, once sealed, will bring Merkel`s Christian Democrats (CDU) into opposition in parliament, the so-called Bundestag, for the first time in 16 years – the duration of their term. FDP general secretary Volker Wissing is the party`s second most powerful politician after party leader Christian Lindner. Nor is he a stranger to a coalition with the SPD and the Greens, having served as Rhineland-Palatinate`s economy minister for five years. Hesse FDP leader Stark-Watzinger was part of the party`s negotiating team in coalition negotiations and was a specialist in financial and educational policy. He called for an “educational revolution” in Germany and thus initiated a complete digitized revision of the current system. She also lived in the UK for nine years. “We demand an immediate end to the destabilization in Ukraine, the violence in eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea. The peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine and the lifting of the corresponding sanctions depend on full compliance with the Minsk agreements. We defend the resolution of frozen conflicts in the region,” reads the agreement, the full text of which was published by The German World. The deputy head of the presidential office also highlighted the provisions in support of Ukraine`s European integration efforts contained in the coalition agreement. The deputy head of the presidential office stressed that the text of the coalition agreement contains provisions to support Ukraine`s European integration efforts.
In particular, our State`s aspirations to become a member of the European Union are clearly recognised. In addition, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are mentioned in the Eastern Partnership initiative, so the associated trio initiative launched by the three countries has become a new reality in the Eastern European region. The Spd voted on Saturday for the new coalition agreement, in which it will govern with the Greens and Free Democrats (FDP). Ihor Zhovkva stressed that thanks to systematic cooperation with the German political elite, we have managed to include a number of important provisions in favor of our state in the text of the coalition agreement. BERLIN, 24 November. /TASS/. Berlin will strive to end the conflict in Donbass on the basis of the Minsk agreements, which is one of the conditions for lifting sanctions against Russia, according to the coalition agreement reached on Wednesday by the Social Democrats, Liberals and Greens on the next federal government. Scholz spoke after the new partners signed their agreement for what they stand for as a progressive coalition. The deputy head of the presidential office, Ihor Zhovkva, believes that the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the FDP and the 90/Green Union have paid enough attention to Ukraine`s support in the coalition agreement on the formation of the future German government, reports the Press Service of the Ukrainian President.
The new German coalition – made up of the Social Democrats, the Greens and the neoliberal FDP – has agreed on a political roadmap. DW looks at the main issues they are addressing, including the COVID pandemic. “First and foremost, it is the support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state. The coalition partners demand that Russia put an end to the destabilization of Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea and ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements, to which the sanctions against Russia are linked,” the deputy head of the presidential office stressed. Green co-chair and new foreign minister Annalena Baerbock said the coalition agreement “reflects diversity in our country” and that diversity will be the government`s guiding principle in the coming years. In the text of the coalition agreement presented by the Social Democratic Party, the Greens and the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany, great attention was paid to the issue of support for Ukraine, said Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of the presidential office. Germany`s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) signed a coalition agreement with leaders of the environmentally conscious Green Party and the neoliberal Liberal Democrats (FDP) at a ceremony in Berlin on Tuesday. It will also end the era of the “grand coalition,” in which the center-left SPD was the junior coalition partner of Merkel`s center-right CDU. Subject to the approval of the FDP and the Greens, the coalition agreement could be signed on Tuesday. In the framework of the discussions on development cooperation between the governments of Ukraine and the Federal Republic of Germany, the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Olha Stefanishyna, stressed that the new coalition agreement in Germany will strengthen economic cooperation between our countries. The deal negotiated last month between Scholz`s Social Democrats, the environmentally conscious Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats has received strong support from members of all three parties in recent days. That paved the way for Scholz`s election to parliament on Wednesday, where the coalition, which has never been tempted in a national government, has a solid majority.
The leaders of the SPD, the Greens and the Free Democrats met in Berlin to officially sign their tripartite coalition agreement. This decision brings Olaf Scholz closer to angela Merkel`s succession as the next German chancellor. The other two coalition partners, the Free Democrats and the Greens, have not yet approved the deal. Now that the coalition agreement is officially signed, the next federal government is ready to take the oath and get to work this week. In addition, the official noted that the text of the agreement outlines a plan to deepen the energy partnership with Ukraine, especially in the field of renewable energy, “green” hydrogen production and energy efficiency. Although Nord Stream 2 is not directly mentioned, the agreement also contains a clear provision on the application of EU energy law to energy policy projects. DW political correspondent Nina Haase said the traffic light coalition could put Scholz`s program in jeopardy. The peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass is based on the Minsk agreements, which provide for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of arms, amnesty and the resumption of economic relations. In addition, the agreement provides that Ukraine will carry out a far-reaching constitutional reform based on dialogue with the Donetsk and Luhansk People`s Republics (DPR and LPR) with the aim of decentralizing power in accordance with the special status of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
“We continue to assist Ukraine in restoring full territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the agreement said. As reported, the three parties in the Bundestag – the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Union 90/Greens, which had previously agreed on the formation of a future government under Olaf Scholz – announced a coalition agreement for 2021-25. Among other things, it defines the role of Ukraine. DW political editor Michaela Kuefner noted that with the signing of the coalition agreement, “this is the time when the post-Merkel era really begins.” Olha Stefanishyna also addressed the similarity of the environmental aspect in the new coalition agreement in Germany and the policy of the Ukrainian government, recalling that under the Paris Agreement, Ukraine has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2030. The new coalition was called the “traffic light coalition” after the colours of the three parties: red for the SPD, yellow for the FDP and green for the Greens. Olaf Scholz, a centre-left Social Democrat, is expected to succeed longtime German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the head of a new tripartite coalition on Wednesday. He sent a message of continuity in foreign policy, saying he would continue a tradition of German chancellors making their first trip abroad to shut down France`s European ally. He did not give a date. He welcomed the idea of supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state, as well as the request of the coalition partners to end the destabilization of Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which are linked to sanctions against Moscow.